A superb Portuguese necklace with incredible cannetille gold work in 19.2 karats. The necklace measures approximately 19 inches and has a luxurious design of heavy and beautifully colored yellow gold woven necklace, dotted with turquoise gemstones. There are over 60 turquoise cabochons that are approximately 1mm in size. At the end of the necklace, a flower like box clasp features a central garnet detail gemstone. The clasp is so ornate that it can be worn in the front or on the back. The necklace is made up of many flexible segments that create flowing movement in the otherwise heavy necklace. The segments truly do look like French embroidery- where cannetille gets its name- and the detail and filigree gold work is of the highest quality. The width of the necklace
The necklace is gorgeous when worn, and is in wonderful condition except for one segment that has a small kink in it, and although not noticeable when worn, under inspection you can see this wear. It weighs 90 grams. The necklace is marked with 800- the Portuguese gold mark for 19.2 karats of gold. The hallmark on the piece is one that was used in Porto, Portugal, from 1938 until 1984. Cannetille was extremely popular in the Victorian era, and some say it originated in Portugal. Portuguese were known for their excellent gold work, and their ability to replicate ancient methods for creating wonderful jewelry pieces. This Etruscan Revival style beaded cannetille piece is certainly of the highest quality work and will not disappoint.